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A log farmhouse von Gillern Construction did in Celina, Texas. Note the beautiful wood ceiling and beams.

Would you like to add warmth and a bit of nature into your home?  When planning a home remodeling project, such as a kitchen or bathroom remodeling, as well as room additions, a rustic style can bring added warmth into your home – and it blends well with many decorating styles.

At first, the phrase ‘rustic style’ can conjure up images of old 18th century farmhouses. But, in reality, rustic style is simply home décor that uses natural materials such as wood, stone and marble to create a warm, cozy home. It blends well with many decorating styles in a home – from minimalist to modern, from French country to shabby chic.

Rustic style incorporates natural materials in a variety of ways. Wood floors, exposed rough-hewn beams, stone fireplaces and hearths – the options are almost limitless. We all know how well wood can add depth and warmth to any room. Likewise, stone masonry adds unique texture to rooms, bringing a touch of the outdoors inside. A stone wall or fireplace quickly becomes the focal point of a room.  Light shades of natural materials will make a room seem more spacious and airy, while darker materials will add to the sense of coziness. Usually, natural earth-tones are used for painted surfaces.

Award-winning von Gillern Construction has years of experience in room additions, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, home additions and interior and exterior updates. Serving the Dallas area, including Plano, Frisco, White Rock Lake, Preston Hollow, Addison, Park Cities and Lakewood, von Gillern is ready to help you create your dream home. For more information, visit the von Gillern Construction website, or give them a call at 972-818-0411.

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This year, the NARI Pavilion will present “The NARI Contractor Showcase” at the Dallas Home & Garden Show.

NARI is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The National Remodelers Association and the National Home Improvement Council joined together and formed NARI in 1983. NARI currently has 58 chapters nationwide and is headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois. NARI is dubbed “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry”.  The organization’s goals are to promote and advance the remodeling industry’s professionalism, product and vital public purpose.

The home and garden show provides solutions, information and resources to homeowners on various topics such as gardening, home décor, green energy living, outdoor storage solutions, as well as kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling. Be sure to visit von Gillern Construction, the premier home remodeler in the Dallas area, in the NARI Contractor Showcase, near the front entrance!kitchen remodeler dallas

Watch the NARI contractor’s award -winning Coty Award projects on TV monitors, view von Gillern Construction’s before and after photos, listen to live home improvement presentations, gather great ideas, and receive complimentary consulting on home remodeling projects including home additions. Von Gillern Construction is the recipient of 2014 NARI Greater Dallas Contractor of the Year (CotY) for Residential Addition 100K – $250K. Visit the von Gillern Construction website to learn more about them, or call them at 972-818-0411.

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Dallas Market Hall

2/21/2014 – 2/23/2014

Hot Water Heaters: Tips from a Home Remodeler

Written by Guest Blogger
December 17th, 2013

home remodeler dallasWhat good is a beautiful bathtub, if there isn’t an unending supply of hot water?

When it comes to choosing which type of hot water heater you should install when having your home remodeled, there are several things to consider, but first you need to know what kinds of hot water heaters are available to fit your needs, and their pros and cons.

The most common hot water heater is a traditional 50 gallon tank. These hot water heaters usually hold about fifty gallons of water, which is heated to a constant regulated temperature. The cons to this type of hot water heater is that once that water is used up, it’ll take some time to get more hot water again. Most have us have probably experienced this sudden temperature shocker while in the shower, and it’s not very pleasant! This type of tank is not very efficient, takes up a good bit of room, and can leak, causing floods. On the up side, this type of heater can be used at any time for hot water, and they are the least expensive of the models.

A tank-less hot water heater is smaller than a tank water heater; in fact it is so small, it can be attached to a wall. It is more energy efficient than a tank water heater because it doesn’t constantly require gas to keep many gallons of water hot (it uses blasts of heat, and heats on demand when needed). You will never run out of hot water mid-shower with this unit. Another plus with a tank-less hot water heater is that there is no danger of flooding. The cons of the tank-less approach are that there are strict venting requirements, it’s more expensive than the tank water heater, and periodic flushing is required to wash away deposits that the water supply leaves behind.

The third, and by far the best option in hot water heaters for your home remodel, is the hybrid, which is a bit of a combination of both the tank and tank-less hot water heater. Although it is the most expensive option, it’s worth every penny. A small container holds hot water like the tank system, but is backed up by the “on-demand” system used by the tankless model. Water is hot immediately and is limitless. This water heater does not need to be flushed, like the tank-less variety does, and doesn’t require elaborate ventilation – it can be vented with pvc pipe. Furthermore, there is no reason to worry about your home flooding with the hybrid model.

If you plan on installing a new hot water heater with your bathroom remodel, a full home remodel, or even for a room addition, hire the Dallas home remodeler who was awarded the Contractor of the Year 2014 Residential Addition $100,000 – $250,000 in Dallas designation by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry Greater Dallas – van Gillern Construction. Visit their website, and call them at 972-818-0411.


vonGillern Construction Named 2014 NARI Greater Dallas CotY Winner

Written by Jack vonGillern
November 19th, 2013

Jack von Gillern, President, von Gillern Construction and Kim Savelsbergh, Executive Director, NARI Dallas

Jack von Gillern, President, von Gillern Construction and Kim Savelsbergh, Executive Director, NARI Dallas


Dallas, Texas, November 18, 2014 – The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Greater Dallas named von Gillern Construction 2014 Local CotY (Contractor of the Year) winner in the Residential Addition $100,000 – $250,000 category of its annual awards competition.  This is von Gillern Construction’s 6th CotY award over the last several years.

von Gillern Construction is a residential remodeling firm specializing in room additions, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, interior and exterior updates and attic conversions in the Dallas area; including Plano, Frisco, White Rock Lake, Preston Hollow, Addison, Park Cities, Lakewood and more.

“For most of us, our home is our most substantial investment. Our homes should also be a sanctuary. A safe place to rest and recover from the demands of our lives,” say Jack von Gillern, President. “We focus solely on increasing the beauty, functionality and value of the homes we remodel.”

This year there were 45 entries from local contractor members in Dallas-Fort Worth.  Each year, local NARI contractors vie for the esteemed award on projects that are submitted for judging that were an improvement or an addition to an existing structure.  New construction projects were not eligible.

An impartial panel of judges who are experts within the industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s “before and after” photography and project description.  Judging was based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation.

To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing.  NARI members represent an elite group from the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as remodelers.

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Top 10 Steps to Prepare for a Remodel

Written by Jack vonGillern
May 7th, 2013

Top 10 Steps to Prepare for a Remodel

NARI offers tips in honor of National Home Improvement Month  

In honor of National Home Improvement Month this May, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) advises homeowners of the 10 most important steps to take before the remodeling project starts.

“The planning and researching phases of a project are the most critical steps in the remodeling process,” says NARI National President Art Donnelly, MCR, CKBR, Legacy Builders & Remodelers Corp., based in Mount Sinai, N.Y. “The more knowledgeable and prepared a homeowner is, the more they protect themselves.”

What can a homeowner do to prepare for a remodel? NARI provides a top 10 list of steps homeowners should take before breaking ground on their next remodel.

  1. Research your project. Taking time to research projects on the Internet and will provide a good sense of what is involved such as price, scope of work, return on investment and new product/material options. Also, research property values in your neighborhood to make sure your project is in line with other homes in the area.
  2. Plan project around the long-term. How long do you plan to stay in your home? How might your family structure change over time? Life can change quickly—these questions should be answered early on to ensure your project will fit your lifestyle long after it’s complete.
  3. Set your budget. Deciding on a realistic budget and arranging finances to support your project are essential. This number needs to include everything—the project, products, contingencies, etc. Don’t be afraid to share this with your remodeler; professionals are respectful of a client’s budget and will create a plan around it, not over it.
  4. Use advanced search for professionals. The online world makes it easy to gather information about strangers. Ask friends, family and neighbors for referrals and then spend time researching that person online. Professional remodelers take their reputation seriously and hold credentials beyond licensing, such as certifications, memberships in trade associations and additional training. Look for examples of press coverage or involvement in industry presentations or events. Check online reviews and social media to see how they interact with past clients and peers.
  5. Ask the right questions. Time and cost are important, but getting the right information requires the right questions. Ask your professional remodeler about his educational background, training, specialties or past issues with clients. Ask about how the remodeling process will work.
  6. Verify your remodeler. Don’t take their word for it. Check the information given to you such as references, license numbers, insurance information and certifications by calling providers to verify. Request a visit to an active client’s jobsite. Make it known that you are checking on him—a true professional considers that as a positive sign to working with a homeowner.
  7. Review contracts word-by-word. A remodeling contract protects you and your remodeler. Homeowners should review this carefully. Professional remodelers have done this before, and know what should go in a contract. Homeowners are not as familiar with remodeling and should ask about terms if they don’t understand. Pay attention to details about change orders, payment, additional fees, timeline and responsibilities. If it’s not in the contract, it doesn’t exist.
  8. Keep design in mind. Your design guides the entire project. Think about what you dislike about your current space and the intended use of the new space. Use Websites such as and to gather design ideas. Make sure you can articulate specifically what you like about that design when talking to your designer. Professionals don’t recreate a photo—they incorporate accessibility, functionality, ease of modification, style and value into your design.
  9. Make your selections. Deciding on products and materials is a larger process than most imagine. With so many options to choose from, product selections are one of the primary reasons for project timelines to get extended. Base decisions on quality, function, price, style and availability. Include selections in the contract to lock down pricing and keep your budget intact.
  10. Create a communication plan. A common downfall in remodeling is lack of communication between homeowners and remodelers. Your remodeler should lay out a communication plan at the beginning of the project. If not, ask them to do so. This plan should clarify roles of everyone involved, communication methods, availability, and frequency of communication that is expected.

The first step to hiring a professional is through NARI, whose members are vetted and approved by industry peers to ensure they live up to the professional standards that NARI sets. “NARI members are proud of their affiliation and commitment to professionalism, and it’s a reputation they work hard to protect,” Donnelly says.

Consumers may visit to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI. This blog submission was supplied by National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI).